Fanta Bility: Two teenagers in Pennsylvania charged with the death of an 8-year-old who was killed by police gunfire

Angelo “AJ” Ford, 16, was arrested Wednesday and will be remanded in custody at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer announced.

Authorities are looking for another teenager, 18-year-old Hasein Strand, who is also charged with murder in Bility’s death. In addition, both teens each face five charges of attempted murder and five counts of assault and danger as well as other gun-related charges.

Both teens are charged with murder, though they did not fire the bullet that killed Bility.

“Under the laws of this Commonwealth, my office has ruled that Ford and Strand should both be held criminally responsible for the murder of Fanta Bility, as well as for the wounded by all those around them,” Stollsteimer said.

The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office found that after a verbal altercation at a high school football game on August 27, “Ford and Strand” exchanged several gunshots with each other. ”

“This gun battle wounded a person caught in the crossfire” and led to police, stationed near the entrance to the football stadium, to fire their weapons, Stollsteimer said.

“The shooting from the officers wounded three spectators and tragically killed Fanta Bility,” he said.

According to DA’s statement, Bility was rushed to and declared dead by a local hospital that evening. She was killed by a single shot to injure her torso, according to the Delaware County Medical Examiner.

Charges against the two young men stem from witness statements and grenade casings found at the scene, the district attorney said.

Strand is also charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a weapon and recklessly endangering another person, the police criminal report shows.

Ford is facing the same thing and is also charged with possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor.

Christopher Welsh, a Delaware County Public Defender, confirmed that he represents Ford, but declined to give other details.

As CNN has previously reported this, Bility’s family filed a federal lawsuit in late October, alleging that officers deliberately and maliciously caused her death and injured her sister.

Mother and siblings of Bility are suing District Sharon Hill, Chief of Police Joseph Kelly Jr. and at least three Sharon Hill officers who allegedly shot and killed Bility outside the stadium as people were heading out, the trial said.

“I was surprised that the charge of first-degree murder was raised because it would be legally difficult to prove. But I cheer for the district attorney and I hope he wins,” said Bruce Castor, the Bility family’s attorney.

He told CNN on Thursday that he wants “the focus of the case to remain” on the behavior of police officers. “The district attorney’s press release does not change the fact that he (the district attorney) said that (the) fatal round was shot by the police,” Castor said.

On Nov. 18, a grand jury will review the entire case to determine that police use of lethal force on the spot was justified, according to the district attorney’s statement.

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